This respiratory virus needs no introduction, it is already known to have claimed 170 lives and continues to spread at an alarming rate. Originating in Wuhan, China, its health authorities are stating that nearly 8,000 people are now infected. Almost all the cases are within China but infections have spread to 15 other countries with major airliners and freight companies suspending all flights and transportation to the country in an attempt to control its global spread.
This new strain causes respiratory illness and spreads via respiratory droplets when coughing or sneezing. The virus can be passes when someone touches a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touches his own mouth, nose and possibly eyes. Hence, hand hygiene and thorough cleaning of surfaces using water and detergent or a hospital grade disinfectant is of critical importance in the prevention and control of the disease.
Based on official recommendations of hygiene, by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the following Milton products and instructions for use are suitable to achieve the recommendations:
▪ Milton Antibacterial Hand Gel (Alcohol-based hand rub containing 80% w/w of ethanol). Recommended protocol: hands have to be not visibly soiled. The hands and forearms should be wet from the alcohol-based rub during the whole procedure (30 seconds minimum), the volume depends on the size of the hands. Available in portable 100ml or family size 500ml.
▪ Milton Sterilising Fluid 2% (containing 2% w/w of sodium hypochlorite or 1.9% w/w of available chlorine). Recommended protocol: 1:35 dilution of 2% sodium hypochlorite is slightly above the usual recommendation. Use 1.5 cap (45mL) of Milton in 1.5 L of cold tap water. It will lead to a solution containing approximatively 650 ppm of available chlorine. Disinfection by wiping of nonporous surfaces (such as the surface floor): a contact time of ≥ 10 minutes is recommended. Disinfection by immersion of items: a contact time of 30 minutes is recommended. This protocol does not include the respiratory equipment’s disinfection. Available in 500ml or 1000ml.
▪ Milton Sterilising Tablets (containing 19.5% w/w of sodium dichloroisocyanurate). Recommended protocol: Use 1 tablet in 1 L of cold tap water. It will lead to a solution containing 500 ppm of available chlorine. Disinfection by wiping of nonporous surfaces: a contact time of ≥ 10 minutes is recommended. Disinfection by immersion of items: a contact time of 30 minutes is recommended. This protocol does not include the respiratory equipment’s disinfection. 28 packet box.
For obvious reasons the Milton products are surging in demand. We are doing our utmost to secure enough stocks and would genuinely recommend forward orders (which can be placed via the quick order screen) by customers who are likely to see a continuing increase in demand. Baby Brands Direct has been the exclusive baby and nursery distributor for Milton products for over 8years to the independent sector. Trade customers can be assured of the best trade prices and quality assurance.
For more information please see the UK government information and guidance here.